Did Someone Say Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is the precursor to bile. Bile plays an important role in digestion.
Cholesterol is converted inside your cells into testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and other important protective hormones.
Cholesterol in your skin is converted into vitamin D.
Before you decide to take a statin (cholesterol lowering drug), or follow popular dietary advice aimed at reducing cholesterol production, you may wish to politely ask those who are advising you, if they are aware of the many crucial roles cholesterol plays in the body.
If your cholesterol is high, it is likely a sign that you are not sufficiently converting what your body produces, into some of the above mentioned, more highly protective substances, necessary for optimal metabolic health; substances that protect you from degeneration and disease.
For cholesterol to be converted effectively, your thyroid and energy metabolism needs to be functioning well.
A few of the more common signs that your thyroid function is less than satisfactory (regardless of blood test results suggesting otherwise), are symptoms including difficulty keeping hands and feet warm, thinning hair, insomnia, anxiety, depression, difficulty losing weight, difficulty gaining muscle, digestive issues of all kinds, skin disorders, lack of energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, even some ‘autoimmune’ conditions.
Insufficient sugar intake can potentially lead to interference with cholesterol production and thyroid status, and a reduction in the proper conversion of cholesterol into the protective hormones.
Polyunsaturated fats, including fish oil, directly suppress thyroid function on many physiological levels.
Soon after you attempt to remove sugar from your diet, one of the first things that tends to happen, is that your cortisol starts to rise. Increased cortisol secretion can interfere with thyroid function and metabolism.
Many foods which are popularly described as being high in sugar, are often actually filled with polyunsaturated fats, as well a variety of potentially harmful chemicals and gums. Often a large proportion of the ‘sugars’ come from pure glucose or starch, which can be problematic, for reasons which I will discuss at another time.
White sugar, honey, fruit, milk and to a lesser degree, some starchy vegetables, are typically good sources of sugar.
The reason you might crave sugar when you attempt to remove it from your diet, is not because it is addictive in any meaningful sense, but ultimately because it is essential.
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